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JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (564,006)
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6/13/14 8:10 P

That aweful scale; you either love it or you hate it.

BANKER-CHUCK Posts: 6,703
6/13/14 12:55 P

Scales are lying liars that lie.

JUDYAMK SparkPoints: (30,792)
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6/13/13 8:12 A

@Velvetears: Yes I know what you mean, but here is something to make you smile. This one young lady would always have hair spray loaded on her hair & when the time came to weigh herself she would wash out the spray, dry her hair then weigh herself. She said she thought the spray added some ounces to her weight!!!!!!!

ASHLEYGILLE SparkPoints: (12,745)
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6/13/13 7:49 A

Same happened to me when I first started exercising. I was working out like a crazy woman and gained a few pounds! Then my weight plateaued for about a month until I took a week off (due to my ongoing sore muscles) and, boom!, I lost weight. Now I'm back to exercising 4x/week.

I agree with Coach Jen. When a person first starts working out, his/her muscles are like sponges, soaking up lots of water. I guess the muscles need the H2O in order to repair and rebuild the tiny, microscopic tears working out has caused. Don't worry, you'll lose the weight with time, and trust that all the exercising is making you smaller even if the scale doesn't show it initially. (So break out the tape measue!) Hang in there, you'll be so happy that ou stuck with it! :)

SIRENSONGS SparkPoints: (57,040)
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6/12/13 9:39 A

There are so many reasons why your weight could be higher, even after all that exercise. I find that at certain times, even when I know I am doing everything right, I can gain a few pounds of weight within a day. It's usually only water weight. I agree with people who say it is better not to weigh yourself too often. However, I have been guilty of that lately, and have been weighing myself at least once a day. When I started losing weight however, about a year ago, I only let myself get on the scale once a week, and found that to be much less discouraging as the constant fluctuations were not driving me crazy. I recently got a new digital scale though, and since then I've become kind of addicted to weighing myself much more frequently. I have to stop doing this!!!!

MATTHEW0498 SparkPoints: (32,853)
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6/12/13 8:53 A

Don't be upset, this is totally normal. I experienced the same thing when I started running and doing more cardio. Don't let the scale be your only guide, go by how your clothes fit and how you FEEL.

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6/12/13 8:12 A

The scale is an inanimate object, incapable of lying. Just use the scale as a "tool" to help us on our journey.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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6/12/13 7:04 A

Give your body time to get acclimated to you new routine.....just measure don't weigh for the first month -- as long as you are losing inches, then your body is changing!

ANARIE Posts: 13,184
6/11/13 1:13 P

That was a Friday. Today is not a Friday. Nobody weighs the same on a Tuesday as they do on a Friday.

Weighing yourself too often is one of the most common ways to cause an emotional crash-and-burn. There are hundreds of things that affect your weight on any given day, and what you ate and the exercise you did are only two. At the very least, you need to weigh on the same day of the week, at the same exact time of day, wearing the same clothes (or not), under the exact same circumstances. In other words, if your starting weigh-in was done Friday first thing in the morning, after you visited the potty but before you had a cup of coffee, and you got on the scale in the altogether, then you can't compare to a weight reading you took on a Tuesday after breakfast wearing pajamas. The difference you see won't have anything to do with how much fat you have on your body.

The really best way to measure is at 28-day intervals. If at all possible, try to hold off until Friday, July 5 (assuming you don't party on the 4th.) One of the biggest causes of weird weight fluctuations is the monthly hormonal cycle, and if you can stand to wait 4 weeks, you don't have to see that crazy, meaningless up-and-down.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
6/11/13 1:11 P

I have learned through much observation over time, that any time my muscles feel "sore" i will weigh more. Ooo that even kind of rhymes...

SWEETEYES0601 SparkPoints: (39,875)
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6/11/13 1:08 P

That happened to me when I started running last August. Freaked me out and pissed me off. The scale is a "guide" the insurance companies love. The tape measure needs to be the "guide" you love. :) No worries, perseverance is key in completion. emoticon

VELVETTEARS1313 SparkPoints: (1,755)
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6/11/13 10:40 A

Thank you Coach Jen. I was truly so upset and felt so defeated. I will keep pushing on and hopefully the scale will be kind to me soon. I will measure my success in other ways. Have a beautiful day!

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,551
6/11/13 10:35 A

Anytime you start a new exercise routine, your muscles tend to retain water, which results in a temporary increase on the scale. This should go away in a few weeks, but is totally normal.

Hang in there and try not to let the scale be your only measure of success!

Coach Jen

VELVETTEARS1313 SparkPoints: (1,755)
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6/11/13 10:28 A

I started working out last Friday. I have worked out everyday for at least 60 min doing cardio. I have stayed within my caloric needs and stayed away from the naughty foods. I was so proud of myself, until I decided to get on the scale this morning. To my horror I am 2 pounds heavier than I was Friday. I want to scream! I swear I sweat emoticon off at least 2 pounds at the gym everyday. I keep my heart rate in the 85% range and this is how my body repays the hard work. I truly feel deflated. I want to cry emoticon . WHY is this happening? emoticon

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